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Implications of cascading effects for the EU Floods Directive

Nones, M; Pescaroli, G; (2016) Implications of cascading effects for the EU Floods Directive. International Journal of River Basin Management , 14 (2) pp. 195-204. 10.1080/15715124.2016.1149074. Green open access

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The adoption of the European Floods Directive (2007/60/EC) represented a crucial improvement in the management of watercourses and coastlines. However, the beginning of a new phase of implementation requires the assessment of which emerging topics may be included in the review process. The aim of our research is to understand the existence of any legislative gaps that could limit the preparedness to cascading events and critical infrastructures breakdowns. First, we provide a review of the Floods Directive, the cascading phenomena and the vulnerability of critical infrastructures in the European legislation. Secondly, we analyse some case-studies to test the present approach and to improve the work of decision makers. Our results suggest that the Floods Directive tends to focus on localized flood impacts at smaller time scale and it could be ineffective to address the cross-scale impact of cascading events. Although some of the corrective actions may not be of competence of the Directive, we argue that their inclusion could limit uncertainties in the attribution of responsibilities and the coordination among different institutional levels.

Type: Article
Title: Implications of cascading effects for the EU Floods Directive
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15715124.2016.1149074
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15715124.2016.1149074
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of River Basin Management on 21 April 2016, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15715124.2016.1149074
Keywords: Cascading Effect, Cascading Disasters, Critical Infrastructure, European Union, Floods Directive, Flood Risk Management
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473728
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